“After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.””
Revelation 4:1-11 NKJV
Heaven. There are plenty of books written about it ranging from out of body experiences to those who claim they received “special permission.”
The fact is there is one “God Approved” version of Heaven and that’s the Bible. You see, it’s nice to read added materials but the real deal is the Bible. It’s kind of like there’s a lot of brands of Ketchup but it’s only Heinz Ketchup for me.
What really strikes me is the degree of worthy worship God receives. It just demonstrates how Holy He is. We get a glimpse of His power and reverence. I can just imagine how awe inspiring it would be to get the same glimpse as John did. It would leave one speechless and trembling as their face heads to the floor. Just imagine the sea of glass and the seven spirits of God. The colors and ambience surrounding you would leave you speechless and dumbfounded. Nothing on this planet can compare and never will compare.
Yes, the Bible is the go to when it comes to understanding God. It’s packed with knowledge, wisdom, God’s Will, how to live righteously and how to get into the Book of Life. The Bible tells you everything God wants you to know. Thank you Lord for such a precious gift that stands the test of time. No other material available holds a candle to it. It’s all you really need.
by Kent Brosh a Kawaiaha’o Blog Contributor